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Adelaide graffiti gangs are breaking into rail yards and recklessly spray painting moving trains in acts of vandalism that are costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.
Footage provided under a Freedom of Information request shows groups of people captured on security cameras tagging trains in broad daylight.
In some instances, the offenders can be seen lying in wait before running onto a platform to target a passing train.
The Transport Department says there are around 250 graffiti attacks involving public transport each year and it is showing no signs of decreasing.
In some instances, the offenders can be seen lying in wait before running onto a platform to target a passing train. (Nine)"It's unacceptable, it's dangerous, it's criminal behaviour and it's also a waste of taxpayer's money for amount of the time and effort and resources that we need to put into cleaning up these graffiti attacks," says Paul Kermode from the Transport Department.
The clean up cost is estimated to be around six hundred thousand dollars each year - straight out of the public purse.
"That's money that we'd rather be spending on other things within our public transport network," said Mr Kermode.
Adelaide graffiti gangs are breaking into rail yards and recklessly spray painting moving trains in acts of vandalism that are costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Nine)
The Transport Department says there are around 250 graffiti attacks involving public transport each year and it is showing no signs of decreasing. (Nine)RELATED ARTICLES
Services too disrupted as trains are taken off the line so graffiti can be removed.
"We're paying for that and I think that's disgusting. Why should we?" said one commuter.
"People doing it while trains are moving, it's just really dangerous," said another public transport user.
The Transport Department says it's increased the number of mobile security patrols at known hot spots and now has a new 24/7 security hub to keep an eye on any suspicious activity.
Those who are caught vandalising public transport face tough penalties including fines of up to five thousand dollars and in extreme cases, offenders can face jail.
"We're working closely with police and we'd urge anyone too who sees something like this happening to either contact security staff, our PSA's or the police, " said Mr Kermode.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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